Painting our laminate countertops... faux real!
So, my dream kitchen includes bright newly stained cabinets, granite countertops and a beautiful tile backsplash. Unfortunately my house came with old, faded cabinets, laminate countertops (and boy have they taken a beating) and an ugly cream tile backsplash with green and blue stenciling - definitely not my taste.
As much as I would love to update my kitchen, there are more important things for us to spend our money on right now - like bills. But one day I will have that dream kitchen!
For now I can settle for a lesser remodel. This will be the first of a couple posts on my budget-friendly kitchen update.
Step One: Painting the Countertops
I did a lot of research online about painting countertops and decided that instead of buying an expensive kit, I would go to Michaels and pick out 6 or 7 of the colors I would like to use to create my faux granite countertops. In the same aisle I found a pack of sponges as well which I used to apply the paint.
The first countertop I did was a small piece on one side of the stove. After doing my first application I stood back looked at my counters and... I hated them! They were a gross red/brown color.
|My first attempt that didn't turn out so well.|
|Here's an after shot before the polycrylic top coat.|
These are definitely an improvement from the ugly cream countertops we had before (they were stained and had some burn marks! yuck!
|This shows one half with the old countertop and another half done.|
So, here's what I did to update my countertops:
1. First clear of all of your countertops and give them a good clean. I personally used dish soap and a scrubber.
2. Next fill any hole or damaged areas with wood filler. Let dry and then sand smooth. We had some burned marks where a pot burned three holes into our countertop. I had to sand them down, fill them and then sand out the filler until the surface is smooth.
3. Sand your countertops. You want to roughen them up a little bit to help the paint stick to them. I personally used 80 grit sandpaper and quickly went over the counters.
4. Use a primer (I used KILZ) to do an initial coat on your countertops. Let dry and if necessary apply a second coat.
5. Now it's time to get to the fun part. Applying the colors. I wanted my countertops to be predominantly black in color, so I also applied another undercoat of black acrylic paint with a small roller.
6. Net use your sponge, or wadded up paper towel to begin dabbing paint colors on. I started with the darkest color and worked my way to the lightest. The colors I used were (in order):
- Bittersweet Chocolate
- Golden Brown
- Black Ice (fine glitter)
- Gold (these last two were used sparingly over top to add some sparkle).
7. Last I did a final coat of dabbing black over all of the layers and voila: newly painted faux granite countertops.
8. After letting the paint dry for 24 hours, I applied 4 coats of Minwax Polycrylic. This gave the countertops a nice shine and will hopefully help them keep up with any wear and tear on the countertops.
Excuse the dark picture and painters tape.
UPDATE: Here's a better photo of the finished product. The counters have been holding up pretty well and it's been bout 5 months. There are a couple of scratches (from where hubby cut directly on the counters) but with the introduction of a cutting board, we no longer have that problem.
Check out our Chalkboard Painted Countertops too!